Results 181–200 of 366 for speaker:the Bishop of Chester

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill — Committee (6th Day) (16 Jun 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: From these Benches, I support the Government and the way in which the legislation has been drafted, provided that it is enacted and applied with the flexibility that the Minister is describing. I do not do so in the spirit of being too puritanical, I hope. Living in the middle of the city of Chester and observing the streets in the early hours of the morning sometimes, and indeed relating to...

Armenia: Genocide — Question (16 Jun 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, given that, as the Minister said, there is no doubt that genocide took place and that those who were killed should not be forgotten, can he say what is the official guidance on representation at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Day? I understand that there has been some reluctance of Ministers and others to attend the commemoration.

Children: Parenting — Question (19 May 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, international surveys of child happiness show the experience of childhood in this country not to be as positive as in many other countries, particularly in Europe. Therefore, I wonder whether there is not at least some case for codifying the proper expectations of a child in relation to parenthood, as has been the case, for example, in the Napoleonic Code in France for many years....

Energy: Fourth Carbon Report — Statement (17 May 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, briefly, what assumptions are being made by the Government in their plans for the building of new nuclear power stations or the introduction of carbon capture and storage, and the cost thereof? They are subjects which seem to be absent from the Statement.

House of Lords Reform Bill — Statement (17 May 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I wonder whether I could ask the Leader of the House to address more directly what I took to be the central point made by the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza, and echoed by my right reverend friend the Bishop of Winchester. It was that a House of 300 full-timers would simply not have the expertise in the scrutiny of particular subjects that is afforded by the present composition of the...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill: Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (16 May 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, briefly, I support the noble Lord on his amendment. I do not think that the constitution, or even our politics, is broken, but a certain amount of damage has been done. In my lifetime I have seen a tendency for participation rates in voting to fall, along with an increasing sense of weariness with modern politics and disrespect for politicians. I am on the record as saying, when the...

Armed Forces Covenant — Statement (16 May 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, the language of "covenant" is interesting because it is both religious and legal in its history. Tying down what the covenant means is crucial. The language of the scope of the covenant is in the subjunctive: all these things "should" happen, not "must" or "will" happen. What independent monitoring of the working of the covenant is envisaged beyond reporting by a Minister to Parliament?

Palestine — Question (16 May 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, does the Minister agree that a premature declaration of a Palestinian state might destabilise the region rather than contribute to the emergence of a stable two-state solution?

Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Committee (8th Day) (Continued) (7 Mar 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: I know that the hour is late and I shall make only a few brief comments to put certain things on the record-not repeating, I hope, what has been said. I declare an interest as a member of the board of governors of the Church Commissioners -four bishops are elected to the board. The first is to say that the Church Commissioners is a charity. I ask the Minister whether any of the other bodies...

Energy Bill [HL]: Report (1st Day) (2 Mar 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I wish to speak briefly on this matter and ask for a response from the Minister, possibly in writing as she may not have the information to hand. Quite a few vicarages might benefit from the Green Deal. Older vicarages are typically not well insulated and not particularly well looked after over time by their impecunious residents. They are prime candidates for insulation...

International Aid Reviews: Conclusions — Statement (1 Mar 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I press the Minister on an aspect of the Statement that has not featured in the question so far-the point that, "it is critical that the UK increases its focus on helping countries to build open and responsive political systems". In the conclusions there is simply a reference to holding "freer and fairer elections", but building democracies is about more than just helping countries...

Marriage — Debate (10 Feb 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords for their contributions to the debate. I am delighted that I was able to provide the perfect opportunity for the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, to make such a brilliant maiden speech. I have closing comments on two areas. The first is that I was struck by the contributions from different religious and racial traditions, from the noble Lords, Lord Sacks, Lord...

Marriage — Debate (10 Feb 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, at the outset of this debate I should declare an interest in that I am married-or at least I was when I checked my e-mails first thing this morning. In many ways, I see this debate as a natural sequel to the debate last Thursday, moved by the noble Lord, Lord Northbourne, to which reference was made at Question Time. I pay tribute to the noble Lord for the way in which he has raised...

Crime: Media Reporting — Question (8 Feb 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the rules for reporting the arrest and questioning of individuals by the police before they are charged with any criminal offence.

Crime: Media Reporting — Question (8 Feb 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: I thank the noble Baroness for that Answer. I acknowledge that this is a complex area, as emerged in the debate in the other place on Friday, but will the Government at least consider extending the post-charge restrictions on reporting contained in the Contempt of Court Act to pre-charge questioning of suspects?

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: Committee (10th Day) (18 Jan 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I am something of a virginal creature when it comes to the conventions and procedures of the House but I wonder whether the new atmosphere that is being declared on all sides could be put to the test by inviting the Minister to make at least an interim response to the points that have been made. We are in Committee and the debate can continue after an interim response by the...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (17 Jan 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I was going to end this very brief speech by saying that I thought that it was now time, as we entered our fourth hour of debate, for the Minister to respond. If the House will bear with me for less than the five minutes that the noble Lord, Lord Baker, would allow me, perhaps I could make a comment as someone for whom the other place probably means the General Synod of the Church...

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (17 Jan 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: I think that it was to a 10 per cent reduction. I suppose that I am used to nice round figures from the Bible, but that is another matter altogether. If it was a radically different figure, the noble Lord's point would have greater power.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Committee (9th Day) (17 Jan 2011)

the Bishop of Chester: In the year of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, I am sure that the old ways often are the best. My only point is that the arrival of the internet has changed much and that that should be the subject of reflection. However, the thought that an agreement would be reached by some scientific, objective process is fanciful. As the noble Lord, Lord Baker, wisely said, there is a...


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